Across the Blocs: Exploring Comparative Cold War Cultural by Patrick Major, Rana Mitter

By Patrick Major, Rana Mitter

This booklet asks the reader to re-evaluate the chilly conflict not only as superpower clash and excessive international relations, yet as social and cultural background. It makes cross-cultural comparisons of the socio cultural features of the chilly struggle around the East/West block divide, facing matters together with broadcasting, public opinion, and the construction and intake of pop culture.

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1961; the ‘hand-holder’ quote comes from NSF, Meetings and Memoranda, box 327, Staff Memoranda, Schlesinger, Memo to Salinger, 7 June 1961. 27. 659. 28. JFKL USIA director files, reel 4, Wilson to Rusk, secret, ‘USIA Berlin Program’, 2 Aug. 1962. 29. 644. 30. USIA HB, USIA 17th Review of Operations, 1 July–31 Dec. 5–7. 31. ; JFKL, NSF, CO Germany, Berlin, General, box 81, Murrow to Rusk, 10 July 1961: ‘USIA Planning and Action on Berlin’; Salinger papers, box 132, 1961 file, USIA, Murrow to President, Weekly Report, 22 Aug.

Now the programme began with an explosion noise followed the ominous question: Have You Been Told? 40 On Sunday 5 November the VOA cancelled all of its regular programming to the USSR and, again using newly-acquired authority to commandeer other agencies’ transmitters, let rip with 4,331,000 watts of primetime propaganda over eight hours and 80 frequencies, the combined output of 52 transmitters. The programme could be heard in Russian, English, Ukrainian, Georgian, Armenian, Latvian, Estonian, and Lithuanian, on short wave and over the one kilowatt medium wave transmitter at Munich.

Vietnam—with which Bobby Kennedy was associated through his chairmanship of the Counter Insurgency Group—merely deepened his sense of unease. Privately, Murrow approached ABC News in search of a job. He never made the move. That autumn Murrow—a chain-smoker—learned that he had lung cancer. 74 The USIA at the End of 1963 There was some cause for satisfaction as Murrow’s tenure at USIA drew to a close. In the early summer of 1963, a survey of world opinion showed renewed sympathy for the United States.

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